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San Diego Venue Opens Doors to Local Church

August 8, 2022

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For Immediate Release: 8.8.22
Contact: Peyton Luke,
Direct: 972-941-4453

San Diego Venue Opens Doors to Local Church
Venue reversed previous decision that prevented Awaken Church from renting after letter from law firm explains state and federal requirements

San Diego, CA—Just days after receiving a letter from First Liberty Institute, officials at the San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association, which manages the venue Rady Shell, reversed a decision that prevented Awaken Church from renting the venue because it’s a “religious organization.”

“We are very grateful to officials at the symphony association for responding so quickly and favorably,” said Jordan Pratt, Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute.  “The Symphony’s response indicates an openness to work with the church, and now we’re working on securing a date.  Our hope is that no further action will be needed.”

“We are overjoyed that the Rady Shell has opened its doors to us,” Awaken Church’s pastor Jurgen Matthesius said.  “We are hopeful that we can find a date that works for everyone and look forward to inviting the community to experience the joy of Christmas.”


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